As President-elect Andrej Kiska prepares to take up office at the weekend, he has made his intentions clear that he wants to be a people’s president, and as a gesture in this respect will be opening up the gardens at Presidential Palace to homeless people, pensioners and orphans for a meal on the day of his inauguration.
“I will open the Presidential Palace to those people who need the help of us all. At least symbolically, I want to show already on my first day that they will be a priority for me in the post of president” Kiska said. Kiska will take over office from President Ivan Gasparovic on Sunday 15 June, tolling the end of Gasparovic’s ten years in office.
In addition to the gesture, he has also invited various civil association and NGO leaders, such as the political watchdog Fair Play Alliance, along with a whole host of dignitaries, business leaders, humanitarian award winners and so on. Kiska pointed out that he had invited people who help others.
Kiska will speak at the inauguration about his vision as president and what he hopes to achieve. The ceremony will start in the Slovak Philharmonic’s Reduta building, then the entourage will move by foot to St. Martin’s Cathedral for a sermon and blessing, before heading to the Presidential Palace.